Former Deputy Senate President of Nigeria, Ike Ekweremadu, has been sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison by a UK court for his involvement in an organ trafficking plot.
His wife, Beatrice, was also sentenced to four years and six months, while Dr Obinna Obeta, the medical doctor who acted as a ‘middleman’ in the plot, was sentenced to 10 years and had his medical license suspended.
The trio was found guilty of criminally conspiring to bring a 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney. Their conviction is the first verdict of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act.
The prosecutor, Hugh Davies KC, stated that Ekweremadus and Obeta treated the man and other potential donors as “disposable assets – spare parts for reward” and entered an “emotionally cold commercial transaction” with him.
The behaviour of Ekweremadu showed “entitlement, dishonesty and hypocrisy,” Davies added.